Fans of Nick Park animation (Wallace and Gromit, Creature Comforts) will spot his work in the Chevron car commercials, even though he gets no credit (but then neither does Claymation or Pixar in their works either)
(Actually, here's the real story: Date sent: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 19:04:13 -0800 To: email@example.com From: Paul Gluck/ Jessica KlossThese were the first cars in the series:
Subject: Re: Nick Park question... The official word from Aardman studios is they are not "Nick Cars" all though influenced by his style, another aardman animator does them (Dave Osmand). www.aardman.com does list Chevron Oil as a client, and of course you know Wallace and Gromit were done by Nick at Aardman, so I guess they can be called "aardman cars" ps. they do the Burger King commercials too. )
Their web site also now includes other merchandise such as posters, sunscreen, mouse pad, screen saver, and quicktime videos of their commercials.
News! The police car, taxi, and Tony Turbo are available direct from Chevron, with $8 minimum shipping fee, but you can buy more than one car. Whew, good thing I unloaded my first two sets! They say they will be restarting some of the first cars in mid-may. Of the first series, Tony Turbo was the most popular. The police car went much faster than the taxi, the 4x4 was a little more expensive than the other 5.99 cars.
I still have Irwin Wallace and Gromit vinyl figurine sets for a Close
Shave and the wrong trousers $20 for both cards.
Nick Park / Wallace & Gromit Links